One of the most difficult parts of eating healthy these days is simply not knowing what exactly is in your food. Sometimes you'll think you've found a healthy snack, or an alternative to a food you want to eat less of, but it turns out that it's no better (and can even be worse) than the food you gave up.
Although it's not what we want to hear (especially when we're hungry) the best thing is to do your research. While it's definitely easier to just not pay attention to the nutrition facts, knowing the truth about the food you eat is a simple step toward being more informed about healthy choices.
These 19 foods might sound healthy, but you'll never believe what's just below the surface...
1. Roasted Chicken
If you think that roasted chicken is healthier than the fried option, think again. Just one chicken leg contains the same amount of fat as a scoop of ice cream.
2. Coconut Milk
Just 1/4 of a can of coconut milk is 3/4's of your daily recommended intake of saturated fats. Plus, it has the same number of calories per serving as a box of Junior Mints.
3. Carrot Cake
Carrot cake may sound healthy, but maybe just go in for half a slice next time. Some cakes can have 560 calories per slice - that's like eating 14 pieces of bacon.
4. Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is actually really high in saturated fat. For certain brands and types, just 3 spoonfuls have 8.5 grams of saturated fat, which is almost half of your daily recommended intake.
The problem with sushi is that the rice that comes along with it is often processed (meaning you're consuming processed carbs). Sushi also contains a lot of salt and only a meager serving of fish.
6. Soy Sauce
This tasty sauce is so delicious...because of its salt content. Just a quick pour of the condiment contains 38% of the maximum recommended daily intake of salt.
7. Dried Cranberries
This "nutritious" snack can actually come with a ton of added sugar - half a cup for roughly a handful of dried cranberries.
8. Bakery Bread
It turns out that some bakery bread is actually less healthy than the pre-packaged stuff you buy at the store, often containing significantly more sodium.
You'd think that canned soups would contain more salt, but in reality, it's the fresh soups that you have to look out for.
10. Rapeseed Oil
This oil, which is often an ingredient in most vegetable oil, contains half the saturated fat of olive oil. So if you're going to use oil in your meal, make the healthier choice.
Lattes contain around 270 calories, which is the same as what you'd find in two chocolate brownies. Maybe it's best to switch that latte out for a cup of black coffee now and then.
12. Mixed Seasonings
Mixed seasonings might add some nice flavor to your food, but they also add an astronomical amount of salt.
13. Creme Fraiche
This stuff is actually worse than sour cream, with roughly 300 calories per half cup, the same as a doughnut.
14. Cereal Bars
Some cereal bars contain more fat and calories than a candy bar, with 11.6 grams of fat and 217 calories - that's more fat content than a slice of pizza.
Vegetarians beware of this delicious addition to pasta. It usually contains cheese made with enzymes taken from animal stomachs.
16. Fast Food
Even if you don't eat fast food that often, it's still worth noting the nutrition of that burger, fries, and shake you have on occasion: 83 grams of fat, 5.5 grams of salt, 33 grams of saturated fat, 115 grams of sugar, and 1,900 calories. Yikes.
Don't think you're getting a good serving of vegetables because you put lettuce and tomato on your carb- and fat-filled sandwich. Some subs contain barely 1/4 of the recommended daily intake of veggies.
18. Baking Powder
Baking powder may seem like an innocent enough ingredient, but in reality it contains sodium, which raises blood pressure.
This may come as a shock, but honey actually has more calories than regular sugar. A small spoonful of honey has 25 calories, while the same amount of regular sugar only has 16.
It's never fun to see how unhealthy some of your favorite foods are. But just because something is unhealthy doesn't mean you have to totally give it up. Moderation is the name of the game.
Then again, it's difficult to remember that when the TV is on and that pint of ice cream is calling your name...